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Sharon Eubanks and Paris Coffee Co. are the latest winners of the Red River Region Business Incubator’s Business of the Month competition.
In nominating the business, Eubanks said her appreciation of Paris Coffee Co. came down to one word: Hospitality.
“This is what you get when you enter this business: A friendly smile, a ‘May I help you?’ or ‘Do you want your regular?’” she said. “How could you resist coming back to a place who really acts like they want you back?”
R3bi Executive Director Hank Betke said that’s what the competition is all about.
“We started this with the intention of showcasing the good service that takes place all over Lamar County every day,” Betke said. “Paris Coffee Co. is a perfect example of what is right with the business community here.”
Betke recently presented Eubanks with a check for $500 at the incubator.
Business owner Steve Martin said he appreciates what R3bi does for small businesses through programs such as the Business of the Month competition.
“It’s a real good thing. It brings the small businesses into play more in the community. It gives people a chance to show their appreciation,” Martin said. “I don’t think that prior to the incubator, there has been enough done for small businesses.”
The nomination is an honor, he said, because it’s based on “customer satisfaction and the things we do right.” Small businesses, particularly those with less than two dozen employees are a bigger part of the community than many people may realize, he said. Paris Coffee Co., which has been in business since October 2005, has 13 workers.
“We really appreciate the people of Paris, and we’re honored to serve them,” he said. “It’s been a good run so far. We’ve provided a community coffee shop that I believe many people enjoy. We’ve been blessed.”
It’s also important to be a good corporate citizen.
“Since we began, we’ve given back to the community quite a lot,” Martin said. “I think that’s helped us, and I think it’s important for any small business to understand that they need to become part of the community.”
Eubanks certainly appreciates the shop, whether having a group meeting or just hanging out for a few minutes.
“Thank you, Paris Coffee, for making us welcome in Paris, Texas,” she said.
Betke encouraged people to continue nominating their favorite businesses.
“There are 10 more slots open this year,” he said. “We already know Lamar County has some great companies out there. We’re looking for the best of the best.”